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for his u.n. secretary against scathing criticism from republicans. >>> all that while embattled former cia director david petraeus will testify on capital hill today. >>> breaking news from the middle east as rockets are fired between the israelis and palestinians. this morning three israelis are killed. a live report coming up. >> announcer: this is "early today" for thursday, november 15th, 2012. >>> good morning,er one. i'm lynn berry. and today one scandal will give way to another in washington. former cia director david petraeus is expected to testify in a closed door senate intelligence committee hearing. general petraeus is not expected to discuss his personal indiscretions that ended his career last week. instead, he'll be talking about details on the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. the controversy over u.n. ambassador susan rice calling the assault spontaneous back in september has reached a boiling point. yesterday president obama in his first news conference since re-election exploded at republican finger pointing over rice. >> if senator mccain and s
it was a spontaneous and not a terror attack. u.n. ambassador susan rice, her name has been thrown out there as secretary of state. republicans are pushing back because she was the one who five days after that attack said it was spontaneous. petraeus today could shed some light on all of this. by the way, his hearing is closed but later the intelligence committees hope to have open public hearings here on capital hill. lynn. >> tracie pots for us in washington. tracie, thank you. >>> for a look at the weather, let's check in with nbc meteorologist bill karins has the weather. i'm surprised you would show up. >> i would challenge anyone to have an easier job today than me, even you. >> thank you. i've been slaving away all evening. you have no idea. >> i know. it's a mess in the kitchen. it's a nice, very quiet weather day just like yesterday morning. whatever you wore yesterday as far as the jacket and gloves, lynn, will work today. still warmer down in south texas. everyone else is the same, 20s and 30s. very typical for the time of year. no big storms out there to track. i know we ha
. un ambassador susan rice got a bit of a lifeline from the cia. >> clouds and showers >> the skilling crisis on the gaza strip is raising international concern. israel's assault on hamas continues. an emergency meeting was held to discuss confconcerns. israel has not ruled out a possible ground campaign. ambassador susan rice apparently got a big boost from the cia. to is on the short leaist succeed the hillary clinton. >> republicans are opposed to susan rice for allegedly spreading "untruths" about benghazi. >> a democrat reports that embassador susan rice got a lifeline from the cia. this issue remains highly partisan, even personal. libya has become a battle between president obama and republican senator john mccain who insisted the administration knew quickly that al qaeda had attacked. >> for the president for two weeks afterwards to deny that that was the case is either cover-up for it is in confidence. >> un embassador susan rice denied it, infuriated republicans. lawmakers were briefed on libya. the democrat said theat u.s. intelligence did give her the incorrect intelligence
that the u.n. secretary misled the country about the attack on "meet the press" and other programs. >> our current assessment is that what happened in benghazi was in fact initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo. >> now sparking a war of words with the president, senators are threatening to block her potential nomination as secretary of state. >> the reason i don't trust her is because i think she knew better, and if she didn't know better, she shouldn't be the voice of america. >> senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. >> we'll talk to senator lindsey graham exclusively this morning. >>> plus, the key figures trying to get to the bottom of benghazi and the petraeus affair. chair of the senate intelligence committee senator dianne feinstein of california. and chair of the house intelligence committee, congressman mike rogers of michigan. >>> then after the election, will washington get anything done? talks start on how to avoid the fiscal cliff, as mitt romney draws fire from fellow republi
on the possibility that u.n. ambassador susan rice could become secretary of state. >> we'll do everything to block the nomination within our power as far as susan rice is concerned. >> i don't trust, her -- >> reporter: he referred to rice's appearance on "meet the press" days after the benghazi attack. >> but this is a spontaneous reaction to a video. >> reporter: today, the president was visibly angry. >> if senator john mccain, and senator graham and others want to go after somebody they should go after me. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador, who had nothing to do with benghazi, and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received, and to hurt her reputation, is outrageous. >> reporter: overall, though, he was geneal and reflective. >> on the other hand, i didn't get re-elected just to bask in re-election. >> reporter: while the president had some tough words for his old presidential rival, john mccain, he actually was very conciliatory towards mitt romney and reiterated his hope they would sit down, saying there were a lot of ideas that mitt romney said on
-11 attack in libya, and what was said days after on this program and others by the u.n. ambassador, susan rice, who is basically a spokesperson for the administration. i think that becomes a key question about the administration knew and when and what she said about it at a politically charged time, we were so toward the end campaign. >> that brings up the question of u.n. ambassador, susan rice, both sides of the table not sure she might be the right choice to replace hillary clinton. >> and it's the republicans who are leading the charge. lindsay graham among them. he'll be an exclusive guest of mine this morning, saying he would block her nomination, based on what they know about benghazi, they want a watergate-style committee to look into all of this, which something resisted by democrats on the hill. >> ok. all along still the president saying he's hopeful a compromise can be reached amidst the fiscal cliff. >> this negotiation is going to start right away, right after thanksgiving. we're going to see, i think, template on both sides for how to get this negotiated. there have been po
. that is a stark contrast to the account u.n. ambassador susan rice offered in the days after the incident when she said that what happened in benghazi was a spontaneous attack. some lawmakers said the discrepancy was the result of evolving intelligence, while others noted the cia's initial assessment of terrorism was classified and therefore not included in the talking points rice was given. critics of the administration are demanding more answers while others are defending ambassador rice. >> the original talking points were much more specific about al qaeda involvements, and yet final ones just said indications of extremists. >> i don't think she should be pilloried for this. she did what i would have done or anything else would have done. >> reporter: now those who were in the room said petraeus testified that his resignation had nothing to do with the consulate attacks, saying it was solely due to the fallout from his admitted extramarital affair. he also apologized for his behavior. >>> a key figure in the resignation of cia director david petraeus is tampa socialite jill kelley. kelley's con
, they should go after me. but for them to p go after the u.n. ambassador who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence she had received and it's outrageous. >> but mccain decided not to let the president have the last word and raced to the senate floor to respond. >> if the president thinks we are picking on people, he really does not have any idea of how serious this issue is. we're not picking on anybody. >> reporter: the president did make some news on the fiscal cliff, matt, while he made an emphatic case for raising taxes on the most wealthy. he said he wasn't drawing a red line on the idea they knew tax rates had to go back to 39%. so he did leave some wiggle room there. >> all right, chuck. thank you very much. republican senator john mccain joins us now. senator, nice to see you, good morning. >> thank you, matt. >> i'll talk about ambassador rice in a moment, let me ask you about general petraeus and his testimony before the house intelligence committee tomorrow. what is the most important question you want the general to answer? >> w
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